The hamlet of Notgrove lies on the top of the Cotswolds in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Mentioned in the Doomsday Book, the Notgrove Estate is now a family farm of around 1500 acres. Set in some spectacular countryside it includes 400 acres of unspoilt pasture mostly in steep sided dry valleys, interspersed with mixed woodland copses. This land is primarily used for sheep whilst cereals are cultivated on the remainder. There are around 30 Cotswold stone cottages in the quiet and picturesque village, which is typical of the area.
The Estate is managed by Harry and Diana Acland. They are both passionate about conservation, wild birds and animals. To support these they have entered into a conservation scheme which promotes the preservation of our natural wildlife and birds. In particular Skylarks, Corn Bunting, Grey Partridge and Lawping. We have also seen a great improvement in the Hare and Hedgehog populations.
Here in an area bounded by Bath, Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon you’ll find some of the finest landscape in England. Cotswold towns and villages such as Burford, Bibury and Bourton-on-the-Water are world famous and remain largely unchanged since their creation in medieval England centuries ago. This was when the wealth of the wool trade left its mark in the high quality stone buildings for which the area is renowned.
Notgrove itself lies in the heart of the Cotswolds, only 4 miles from Northleach, famed for its magnificent church of St Peter and St Paul which is claimed to be the “Cathedral of the Cotswolds”. Nearby, the River Windrush flows through the centre of Bourton-on-the-Water, creating a very picturesque village scene.
At nearly 800ft, Stow-on-the-Wold is the highest of the Cotswold towns and is famous as a centre for antiques. The Roman Fosse Way from Cirencester to Leicester passes through it and it probably dates from a prehistoric fortified settlement on top of the hill.
Should you decide to stay for a few days in one of our holiday cottages you will find plenty of places to visit and sites to enjoy, in these market towns or quiet villages and hamlets. If you would like to book a cottage please click here